AIS West Nurse's OfficeWelcome to the AIS West Nurse's office. I am here to help with your student's daily school medical needs for this school year. Please feel free to call 544-5900 if you need any assistance.
Guidelines for Attending School When Your Child Is Sick
Should I keep my child home or send him to school? This is a question that at one time or another we all find ourselves asking this. With the fall comes cold and flu season. Below are some guidelines that might be able to help you decide.
School policy requires that a student be kept at home if he or she has the following:
- Fever of 100.1 or higher
- Has been vomiting
- Has diarrhea
Symptoms that will keep your student from participating or concentrating while in school, should also be considered. Parents and guardians, you know your child the best. Any symptoms that will keep your child from participating and concentrating while at school should be considered before walking out the door on school mornings. Some symptoms are:
- Very tired
- Lack of appetite
- Cough that cannot be controlled and will be disruptive in class
- Headache, body aches or earache that will prevent your student from concentrating
- Sore throat-sometimes a little sore throat is associated with allergies or post nasal drip and these sore throats are ok for school. A bad sore throat with or without a fever could be an indication of a strep infection. Other signs of strep are headache, stomach ache or a rash. You should call your doctor if your student has any of these signs so that a strep test can be performed.
24 Hour Rule
- FEVER-Keep your student home till the FEVER has been gone WITHOUT medication for 24 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow recovery and make others sick.
- VOMITING AND DIARRHEA-Keep your student home for 24 hours after the LAST time vomiting or diarrhea occurs.
- ANTIBOTICS-Keep your student home until 24 hours after the FIRST dose of antibiotics for anything contagious, like strep throat
Cough medication, cough drops can be brought to the nurses clinic and with the proper documentation completed by the parent, be available for your student. We often have children coming to school who were sick at home, the prior evening or even in the mornings who have not met the 24 hour rule. Please help others from becoming sick by keeping your student home while they are the most ill.
For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact the School Nurse at:
317-544-5900 ext. 5925.
Students on Medications at SchoolAttention All Parents:
There will be a couple of changes in medication transport regulations for the new year. Certain medications will NOT be able to be brought in by students. Please review your student's handbook when he/she receives it to become familiar with the new regulations. ALL medications brought to the clinic must be picked up by a parent or designated person and CANNOT be transported home by a student. Most pharmacies will give you an extra empty labeled prescription bottle to put enough medication in to be used for school. Talk with the pharmacist the next time you fill a prescription that will need to be taken at home and at school! Thanks!
Medication InformationPlease remember that all medication brought to school must be accompanied by a medication form. Prescription meds must have a physician form and over the counter meds such as Advil, cough drops, Sudafed etc must have a form also. Forms may be downloaded off of this website!! See the forms listed below. No student may carry medication on them except those designated as emergency rescue meds and those meds must be cleared through the clinic and accompanied by a special form. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.